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Department of Biology

Professional Activities

  • Benjie Blair (PI) and Frank A. Romano, Jan Gryko, Kelly D. Gregg, and William R. Bowen (Co-PIs) - "A Practical SEM-EDS for Undergraduate Education and Research" - National Science Foundation, Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program - March 12, 2001. JSU Biologist Dr. Benji Blair won approval for a $182,299 Scanning Electron Microscrope for the new McGee Science Center (NSF $89,179; JSU $93,120). The award comes from the National Science Foundation and become effective March 15.

  • Frank A.Romano, III - Subcontract for $19,579 with The Research Foundation of State University of New York to provide a regional workshop under NSF grant #122-0770A ("Disseminating Successful Strategies for Implementing Field Work in Undergraduate Science Curricula") awarded to SUNY at Brockport. The JSU workshop this summer will be conducted by Dr. Romano on "New Approaches and Techniques for Teaching Science: Addressing Environmental Problems To Stimulate Undergraduate Learning" for College Science Faculty.

Publications and Presentations

  • Safaa Al-Hamdani and Shounda Connell (2001) - "Selected Physiological Responses of Kudzu to Different Chromium Concentrations - Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 81: 53-58.

  • Elizabeth Curtis and LaJoyce H. Debro - "Association of Gene Sequences with Inclusion Proteins of Bacillus Thuringiensis Subspecies Finitimus" - Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council for Undergraduate Research - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, March 15-16, 2001.

  • "Analysis of Water and Sediment Extracts from Logan Martin Lake and Choccolocco Creek by the Frog Embryo Teratogenesis Assay - Xenopus (FETAX) Developmental Toxicity Assay" - Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science - Auburn University, Auburn, AL, March 29-30, 2001.

  • Richard M. Watkins and LaJoyce H. Debro - "Subcloning a Gene for Parasporal Inclusion Protein of Bacillus Thuringiensis Subspecies Fimitimus" - Paper Presentation at the 15th Annual Meeting of the National Council for Undergraduate Research - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, March 15-16, 2001.


JSU Drama is making plans for Taste of the Town Summer Dinner Theatre 2001. This fourteenth season is set to include two Neil Simon productions for the dinner shows--The Odd Couple (female version), and Barefoot in the Park--and Eric Traynor's version of Cinderella for children. Productions are set to run July 5 through 28.

JSU Drama announces the 2001-2002 Season. Next year's season will include two new plays, one written by our very own Wayne H. Claeren, The Late Mr. Shakespeare(based on the book by the same name by Robert Nye), and Blood of the Bear, winner of this year's Southern Playwright's competition, written by Maureen McGranaghan. Other shows to be included in the season are Reckless by George Lucas; Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson; Cabaret with music and lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John VanDruten and stories by Christopher Isherwood; the Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Dramatic Fraternity Scholarship Production which is to be announced, and The Male Animal by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent.

Production of last year's Southern Playwright's Winning play, The Bayou Merchant, by Daniel DuPlantis, is getting underway. Auditions were held on April 12th and performances will be May 24 through 27.

The final production of this year's season will be the hilarious comedy, Moon Over Buffalo, by Ken Ludwig, and will run June 21 through 25, just prior to the beginning of Taste of the Town Summer Theatre.

JSU Drama is continuing to make plans for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Master Classes in the Fall of 2001, which are to be held here. Four JSU representatives attended master classes at the University of Virginia in September. David Keefer, JSU Drama's Technical Director, is seeking corporate sponsorship for the Fall 2001 classes.

Department of English

On the Brink Southern writers conference was attended by over 150 people. Clyde Bolton and Barbara Robinette Moss, two of the authors who read new works, are former JSU students.

Winners of Imagining the Holocaust writing competition will become semi-finalists for the annual competition of the Alabama Holocaust Commission. The state winner will be chosen from our winners.

Department of Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences

Dr. Guillermo Francia gave the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Curricula Best Practices Symposium in Manila, Philippines during the first week of February. His topic was "Revisiting the Past in Technology and Curricula Integration and Learning from It".

Dr. Randy Smith gave a poster presentation "The Computer Network Class" at the international Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education in Charlotte, NC, on February 21.

Dr. Thomas Leathrum gave a presentation on applets in the session on "Innovative Uses of the Web" at the Math Association of America Conference in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 10.

Dr. Jeff Dodd presented a paper "Generalizing the Equal Area Zones Property of the Sphere" at the Math Association of America Conference in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 13.

Dr. Laurie Edler presented a paper "Path-Connectedness in the Plane" at the Math Association of America Conference in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 10.

Dr. Jason Huffman presented a paper "An Operational Calculus for Operator-valued equations" at the Math Association of America Conference in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 12.

Dr. Mario Aguilar has been accepted to the NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at the Ames Research Center, San Jose, CA for 10 weeks during summer 2001.

Dr. Randy Smith presented a paper "A Hybrid Computer Network Course for IS and CS Majors" at the 2000 Information Systems Education Conference in Nov. 2000 in Philadelphia, PA.

Srinivasar Krishnaprasad presented a paper "Presenting Computer Algorithm Knowledge Units in Computer Science Curriculum" on Nov. 2000 at the Southeastern CCSC Conference in Salem, VA.

Student Presentations and Awards

  • Aaron Garrett was awarded the Best Graduate Research Paper at the ACM-Mid-Southeast Conference held in November, 2000 at Gatlinburg, TN.
  • The MCIS Programming Team finished 5th at the CCSC-Southeast competition on November 4, 2000.

Department of Military Science

The Jacksonville State University ROTC team recently finished first in the Second ROTC Region Intercollegiate Rifle Competition, M16 w .22 caliber device. This is the second year in a row the team has placed first. Second ROTC region consists of 99 universities. There were no other university ROTC teams from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi or western Florida who placed.

On April 27, 2001 the department will commission 11 students. The guest speaker will be MG Alexander, the Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard. Two were commissioned in December, 1999; three more are expected to be commissioned in June for a total of 16. The requirement for this year was 15.

Recruitment for next year is looking very strong. At this point seven students are expected to attend the ROTC Basic Camp while only two attended the camp last summer. The department fully expects to meet its goal of having 20 juniors enrolled in the program for Fall 2001.

Army ROTC scholarships to high school seniors have been designated for Fall 2001: 4-year ROTC scholarship--Brianna Bladen, Ozark, Alabama; 3-year ROTC Advanced Designee ROTC Scholarship----Kyle Comfort, Anniston, Alabama; 3-Year ROTC Advanced Designee Scholarship--- Caleb Green, Fort Lewis, Washington. Both the three-year winners have a father or brother who is a previous ROTC JSU graduate and currently on active duty.

From March 15-18, 2001, the Military Science Department organized and hosted the annual Brigade Joint FTX at Fort McClellan. This year over 250 students and 54 cadre from eight universities attended. For the first time the Alabama Officer Candidate School participated with 17 students. The JSU students did exceptionally well and all training was completed without any significant injuries.

On February 24, 2001, the ROTC Military Ball was conducted at Silver Lakes Golf Course. Over 100 students, alumni, and guests attended. MG Larry Lee, ROTC Alumni president, MG Ivan Smith, Alumni, were in attendance. Dr. William Meehan was the guest speaker.

The JSU Military Science Department will be sending Dr. Pat Borstoff, Management and Marketing, Dr. Llellyn Cook, History and Foreign Languages, and Suzanne LaRocca, Internal Audit, to either Ft. Lewis or Fort Knox for about four days each this summer to participate in Leadership Seminars and observe Army ROTC training.

Department of Music

The JSU Chamber Winds, under the direction of Kenneth Bodiford, performed as part of Kaleidoscope on March 9 in the Stone Center. The performance featured Dr. John Merriman, Professor of Music, as trumpet soloist. Chamber Winds presented another concert on April 8 at the First United Methodist Church of Anniston, this time featuring as piano soloist Dr. Patricia Parker, who is retiring at the end of the current academic year.

The JSU Show Choir, Encore!, under the direction of Dr. Carrie Culver, performed at both the Youth Leadership Calhoun County meeting and the Leadership Calhoun County meeting in early March. Encore! presented its annual spring concert on April 10 in the Stone Center.

The Calhoun County Civic Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Corbin, presented a concert of music for chorus with brass ensemble accompaniment on March 20 at St. Michael's Church in Anniston. Dr. Corbin also directs a choral alumni weekend on campus--an all-day event on Saturday, April 14.

Trio Cantabile (Barbara Poularikas, violin; Veneta Billmayer, cello; and James Fairleigh, piano) is featured at three festivals in the northeastern United States in late March. On March 22, the trio presented a lecture-recital entitled "Romantic Piano Trios by Women Composers" at the Sixth Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The same program was repeated on March 25 at the New England Festival of Chamber Music in Providence, RI. Finally, the program was scheduled on March 27 at the annual convention of the Music Teachers National Association in Washington, DC. Poularikas and Billmayer are faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, while Fairleigh is an emeritus faculty member at Jacksonville State University.

Department of Physical and Earth Sciences

The APCO Virtual College (AVC) continues to grow and expand. The program started in the fall of 2000 with two classes and 37 students. For the spring semester we have 67 students in four classes. JSU is gaining a national and even an international reputation as a result of the AVC. This is a true distance-learning program. We currently have 120 students from 31 states and the Cayman Islands that have been accepted into the program. Due to the number of students who have been accepted, we anticipate a large enrollment for the seven classes scheduled for the summer term.

Because of the publicity surrounding this program, Dr. Cox has received numerous requests to make presentations on the AVC at state, regional, and national conferences. He was accepted to give a presentation in London to the annual BAPCO conference; however, funding constraints will prevent him from attending.

Meetings where presentations on the APCO Virtual College have been presented include:

  • APCO International Conference and Exposition - Boston, MA - August 16, 2000
  • APCO Atlantic Chapter Annual Conference - Mystic, CT- November 2, 2000
  • Arizona APCO/NENA State Training Conference - Phoenix, AZ - January 18, 2001
  • Texas APCO Spring 2001 Conference - Tyler, TX - February 26, 2001
  • 2001 Ohio NENA/APCO 9-1-1 Conference - Dublin, OH - March 19, 2001

Meetings where invitations have been extended to give presentations on the APCO Virtual College include:

  • NENA-Texas Chapter Spring 2001 Conference - Austin, TX - April 12, 2001
  • Alabama Annual APCO Conference Montgomery, AL - April 23, 2001
  • 2001 BAPCO - London UK - April 26, 2001
  • Florida-APCO Conference - St. Petersburg, FL - May 3, 2001
  • 2001 East Coast Regional APCO Conference Lancaster, PA - May 15, 2001
  • Michigan NENA Conference - Grand Rapids, MI - May 22, 2001
  • APCO's 67th Annual Conference - Salt Lake City, UT - August 5, 2001
  • Missouri APCO Conference - Branson, MO - September 18, 2001
  • Oregon APCO/NENA Conference - Welches, OR - October 10, 2001
  • APCO Canada Conference & Trade Show - Penticton BC - October 16, 2001
  • Illinois APCO/ICC 9-1-1 Conference - Springfield, IL - October 21, 2001

Funding for the AVC

JSU and APCO International are currently exploring potential funding opportunities for the AVC. APCO International is reasonably confident that they can secure corporate sponsorship of the project.

Publications, Presentations and Professional Activities

Dr. David Steffy received a Faculty Travel Grant to present a paper titled "Compositional Differences Between a Native American Reservation and Non-Native Residential Municipal Solid Waste Minnesota" at the Sixteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management held in Philadelphia, PA December 11-15, 2000.

Dr. Miriam Hill presented a paper titled "Student Evaluation of Computer Multimedia Classroom Presentations" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City, February 28, 2001.

Dr. Miriam Hill judged at the Science Fair, Oxford Middle School, on February 13, 2001.

Dr. Miriam Hill coordinated a new GIS laboratory with ten Pentium III computers networked and installed with ArcView, Spatial Analyst, Map Edit, Micro CAM, Microsoft Office and various other software.

Dr. Blake Otwell received a $59,000 ALERT grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health for research on "Water Quality Assessment of Terrapin Creek."

Dr. Blake Otwell was selected as a member of the Pre-Health Professional Advisement Committee.

Dr. Blake Otwell instituted and taught a new course entitled "Environmental Sampling and Analysis."

Department of Sociology and Social Work

The BSW Program faculty and students assisted the University of West Florida as host of the National Conference of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors in October in Destin, Florida. This meeting was attended by approximately 1000 undergraduate social work educators from all over the nation. Several JSU BSW students worked as volunteers. Ms.Donna Smith, Ms. Kim Womack, Ms. Robyn Snider, Ms. Dee Barclift, Dr. Maureen Newton and Mr. James Powe assisted with the planning and execution of many of the conference activities, including making academic presentations.

The BSW Program entered into an agreement with the LIN=C Program of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department. This is a program that works to prevent violence in schools. This agreement brought one computer system to the BSW Program and one computer system to the Counseling Department at JSU. These computer systems are part of a network with law enforcement agencies and social service agencies in Calhoun County. This network allows better communication among these agencies through videoconferencing and file-sharing regarding those involved in the juvenile justice system. One BSW student per semester receives a paid internship to work in the Juvenile Probation Office of Calhoun County.

The BSW Program entered into an agreement with the East Alabama Area Agency on Aging to provide training and supervision to their case managers. The BSW Program received a computer projector and equipment as part of this agreement. Two BSW students per year receive paid internships at the East Alabama Area Agency on Aging.

Dr. Rodney Friery attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, California in November where he chaired a session. Dr. Friery was approved for Faculty Development Leave for Fall 2001.

Dr. Mark Fagan presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Retirement Communities in Biloxi, Mississippi in November. Dr. Fagan worked with the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal in December and January on stories about retirees.


Dean William Fielding attended Higher Education Day in Montgomery on March 6, 2001.

Jacksonville State University hosted the Youth Leadership Calhoun County (YLCC) on March 8, 2001. Thirty-two students from area high schools participated.

On March 15, 2001 Jacksonville State University hosted Leadership Calhoun County (LCC). Twenty-seven area business men and women participated.

Dean Fielding traveled to Orange Beach, AL, April 4, 2001-April 6, 2001 to attend the Alabama Association for Higher Education in Business Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) received the 1st Runner-up award in a regional competition on Monday, April 2, 2001.

In this our fourth year of SIFE, we were able to implement new technology and increase our impact to 2,198 people as well as improve the quality of service to our community. We established two main goals for this year. The first was to teach business, entrepreneurship and economic concepts. Our second goal was to provide free enterprise and economic information and programs for the community.

The 2000-2001 members are Kylie Beville, Kelly Boozer, Lee Bruister, Jason Comer, Melissa Comer, Jason Davidson, Sandra Day, Trena Moore, Jonathan Mosley, Tara Phillips, Horatio Prickett, Benjamin Turley, and Dustin Wilkins. The Samuel M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows are Dr. Doris Bennett, Professor of Economics, and Dr. Cynthia McCarty, Associate Professor of Economics.

Finance, Economics and Accounting Department

Jeffrey Zanzig presented a paper entitled "Operating Managers Express a Desire for Change in the Functioning of Internal Auditing," in a session of the 28th American Accounting SW, 2001 conference in New Orleans, February 28, 2001.

Elise Gantt attended the 13th Governmental Accounting and Auditing Forum on December 12 and 13, 2000 in Birmingham, AL.

Chris Westley worked as a content developer for Active Learning Technologies, which is a division of Prentice Hall. Chris authored a 20-hour-long exercise for use in Prentice Hall's economics text.

Chris Westley chaired and presented a paper "Do Blanket Primaries Lead to Candidates that are More Moderate? An Empirical Investigation of Blanket Primary Laws," at the Public Choice meeting in San Antonio, TX on March 8-11, 2001.

Chris Westley chaired and presented a paper "No Fault Economics: A Consideration of Divorce Law in the United States" at the Austrian Scholars Conference at Auburn University, Auburn, AL on March 30-31.

Chris Westley's article "Who Gets the Goods? Moderate Voting Records, Diminishing Returns, and PAC Contributions" was published (with Gregory M. Dempster) in Economics & Politics, November 2000, 12 (3), pp. 321-333.

Chris Westley has an article forthcoming "The Microsoft Corporation in Collision with Antitrust Law," in the Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, with William L. Anderson, Walter Block, Thomas J. Dilorenzo, Ilana Mercer, and Leon Snymon.

Cynthia McCarty made a presentation at the Sife Regional Expo in Atlanta, GA on April 2, 2001.

The Accounting Association banquet was held on March 16, 2001. Recipients of the awards were as follows:

  • Collins Scholarships for Outstanding SAA Member Award, Tessa Davis
  • Outstanding Officer of SAA, Deborah Kilpatrick
  • 1st Trathen Scholarship, First Place winner, Alison Hollingsworth
  • 2nd Trathen Scholarship, Deborah Kilpatrick
  • Pearce Bevill, Leesburg and Moore, P.C. Junior Accounting Scholarship, Adam Greer
  • Outstanding Accounting Graduate, Farrah Frazier
  • N. E. Chapter of ASCPA Scholarships, Jerry Wimpee and Alison Hollingsworth
  • Alabama Society of CPA's Scholarship, Farrah Frazier

The following articles have been published in the JSU Economic Update:
  • "The Personal Savings Rate - Cause for Alarm?" - January 2001 by Gene Padgham
  • "A Top Ranking Alabama Can Do Without" - February 2001 by Chris Westley
  • "A Primer on IRA's" March 2001 by Gail Jones and Gene Padgham
  • "Alabama and E-Commerce: Whither the Sales Tax?" - April 2001 by Chris Westley

Gene Padgham and Chris Westley took a group of members of The Financial Management Association on a tour of the new Federal Reserve Birmingham Branch facilities located at Liberty Parkway on March 1, 2001. This state-of-the-art facility is responsible for handling all Federal Reserve services for the state of Alabama. Students were able to observe the new automated money handling system that moves currency from the processing stations to the vault. The tour also included an opportunity to observe the check processing system and destruction of currency no longer suitable for circulation.

Jim McIntyre presented a paper "Import Penetration, Exchange Rates and Capital Structure in the Textile and Apparel Industries" and discussed the paper "Open Market Repurchases by Recent Stock Acquirers: Why not Just Pay Cash" at the Southwest Federation of Allied Disciplines (SWFAD) in New Orleans on March 1, 2001.

Ronnie Clayton served as a discussant for a paper at the Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting on November 19, 2000. He also served as Executive Director of the Southern Finance Association.

Ronnie Clayton served as an ad hoc reviewer of academic papers for the Financial Review and the Journal of Financial Research during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Ronnie Clayton had the following articles accepted for publication: "Debit and Equity Market Reaction to Employment Reports" in Advances in Financial Planning and Forecasting; and also "European Stock Markets: An Error Correction Model Analysis" in Advances in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management.

Department of Management and Marketing

Faculty/Staff Accomplishments

Pat Borstorff - Management Faculty

  • Was a candidate and finalist for the 10th Annual "Women Committed to Excellence Outstanding Educator Award", 2001.
  • Elected Greek Faculty Advisor of the Year, 2001.
  • Elected Secretary and Board Member of Calhoun County Society of Human Resource Management 2001.
  • Presented a paper at Southwest Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2001.
  • Had paper published in the proceedings of Southwest Academy of Management Conference, March 2001.
  • Presented a paper at Association of International Business Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2001.
  • Had paper published in the proceedings of the Association of International Business Conference, March, 2001.
  • Brent Cunningham - Marketing Faculty

    • Selected as a reviewer and subsequently reviewed the number one textbook used for Marketing Management, Philip Kotler's 11th edition of Marketing Management
    • Was interviewed and cited in the following newspapers, The Birmingham News, Anniston Star, and Fort Payne Times Journal.

    James Thomas - Marketing Faculty

    • Published in the Journal of Applied Case Research a manuscript entitled "Meyer Mobile Home Corporation," with James McIntyre (Jacksonville State University) and Faye McIntyre (State University of West Georgia), Vol. 2 (2), pp. 31-36.
    • As editor, published Advances in Marketing, the 2001 Conference Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators.
    • Had accepted for publication by the Journal of Consumer Marketing a manuscript entitled "Consumer Ethics: An Application and Empirical Testing of the Hunt-Vitell Theory of Ethics," with Scott Vitell (University of Mississippi) and Anusorn Singhapakdi (Old Dominion University), (forthcoming).
    • Submitted to the Journal of Retailing a manuscript entitled "The Impact of Surrogate Ethical Cues on Consumer Evaluations of Services," with Scott Vitell, Faye Gilbert, and Greg Rose (all of the University of Mississippi).
    • Submitted to the Journal of Macromarketing a manuscript entitled "The Perceived Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility: A Study of Marketing Professionals," with Scott Vitell and Joseph G.P. Paolillo (both of the University of Mississippi).
    • Submitted to the Society of Marketing Advances Conferences a manuscript entitled, "Perceived Moral Intensity and Changing Expectations During Service Encounters: An Exploratory Investigation," as sole author.

    Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CED)
    Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

    The Center for Economic Development (CED) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) presented "The Alabama Conference for Inventors" at the Anniston City Meeting Center on January 18-19, 2001. Over 75 participants heard invention and patent experts present information to take the inventor or "would be" inventor from the idea to the marketplace. The conference received follow-up statewide publicity from Alabama Public Television when a segment was included in APT's "Alabama@Work" program which aired several times during the week of January 28.

    The Board of Directors of the Alabama-Georgia Foothills Forum held a meeting in the offices of the CED on March 15. The CED discharges the administrative duties of the Forum. Pat Shaddix, CED Director, is secretary-treasurer of the Forum. The Forum fosters regional economic cooperation by bringing together citizens from the public, private, and educational sectors to identify and clarify ideas and issues of common concern. The coverage area is defined as the geographic area generally bounded by the large metropolitan areas of Atlanta and Birmingham. The core area of the region is in the Interstate 20 and Interstate 59 corridors with affiliate participation of Alabama and Georgia counties in general proximity to these transportation corridors.

    During the quarter, members of the CED and SBDC staff have attended numerous meetings and seminars addressing economic development issues: Calhoun County Economic Development Summit, Economic Development Association of Alabama's winter conference, a Calhoun County infrastructure workshop, a franchising conference, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, the Gadsden Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Randolph County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, a retiree workshop in Gulf Shores, the Alabama Association of Regional Councils' annual policy conference in Montgomery, and the Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists annual conference.

    At the request of Ms. Tracy Fairel, Director of Tourism and Conventions for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the CED/SBDC presented an "Attracting Retirees to Calhoun County" workshop on February 22 at the Chamber. Mr. Pat Shaddix addressed the group with a program overview. Dr. Mark Fagan (JSU Department of Social Work) discussed community assessments, and Mr. Martin Darity (Chairman of the Board, American Association of Retirement Communities) told the group what they can do to attract retirees as an economic development strategy.

    Mr. Pat Shaddix addressed the Aliceville Rotary Club on February 6 on attracting retirees for economic development. Mr. Keith Lowe assisted with the PowerPoint presentation.

    The Small Business Development Center presented the following workshops to approximately 300 participants during the months of January, February, and March: SBA Bankers Briefing; SBA Lenders Roundtable; Starting and Financing a Small Business; Small Disadvantaged Business Workshop; 8(a) Certification Process Seminar; The Importance of Credit for the Entrepreneur (Parts I and II) for students at Oxford High School; How the Really Start Your Own Business; and Access to Credit for Daycare Center Directors.

    Members of the SBDC staff addressed several civic and professional groups during the quarter: Jacksonville Area Council of the Calhoun County Chamber; Service Corps of Retired Executives; Leadership Calhoun County.


    Dean's Office

    Reading Specialist Degree has been approved by the College Curriculum Committee and was submitted to Graduate Studies by March 1. The Graduate Council approved the program March 9, 2001. Submitted to ACHE and State Department of Education for their review.

    Drs. Harper, Engley, Webb and Ryan met with Ayers State to discuss Child Development Program and hope to have in place by Fall 2001.

    Drs. Webb and Harper continued working with Alabama Reading Initiative.

    Dr. Harper attended a training seminar for NCATE and is preparing for meetings with sub-committees.

    Dr. Harper is working on Teacher Education Grant and Technology Grant. Drs. Harper and Ryan are submitting a grant proposal for the Alabama Teacher Quality Enhancement Project. The 1st TIME Teacher Induction and Mentoring Experience is designed to pair new teachers with teacher mentors to enhance teacher performance.

    Dr. Harper served on the State Committee selected to rewrite the Effective Intervention Module of the Alabama Reading Initiative. She presented the new module to trainees and trainers for the Summer Institute.

    Dr. Harper presented at the International Technology and Media Conference in Albuquerque, NM in January, 2001.

    Department of Communication

    The Communication Department has reinstated SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists).

    Dr. Carmode attended Literature and Film Conference in Tallahassee, Florida.

    The department hosted their Annual Communication Awards Banquet on April 11, 2001.

    Department of Curriculum & Instruction

    Dr. Steve Armstrong presented at University Forum and State CEC Conference in Birmingham, AL, January 17-19, 2001.

    Dr. Larry Beard presented at international TAM Conference in Albuquerque, NM January 11-14, 2001. He also presented at State CEC Conference in Birmingham, AL, January 18-19, 2001.

    Ms. Blanche Colley attended Autism Training in Pelham, AL, January 10, 2001. She also attended CSPD Advisory Committee Meeting in Montgomery, AL, February 16, 2001.

    Dr. Patsy Lowry attended Academic Chairpersons Conference in Orlando, FL February 7-9, 2001.

    Dr. Judy McCrary attended Academic Chairpersons Conference in Orlando, FL February 7-9, 2001.

    Ms. Lynetta Owens attended Autism Training in Pelham, AL January 10 and February 8, 2001.

    Department of Educational Resources

    Dr. Annette Bohannon presented and Chaired ALSCA & AL Career Teaching Meetings.

    Dr. Kathleen Friery is teaching a parenting class every Monday night as part of the L=INC program which is a division of the Calhoun County Safe Schools Taskforce. She also presented three workshops on Stress Management, Anger Management and Music Therapy.

    Dr. LeVasseur coordinated and presented National Geography Society meeting in Washington, DC. She also did three Teacher Workshops in Mobile, AL and headed a planning meeting as director of NGS National Teacher Institute.

    Dr. Carole Uline presented at four reading workshops. She attended two sessions of the ARI training for 2001 Comprehension Strategies Module at UAB, Birmingham, AL and presented at the Georgia Council of International Reading Association.

    Dr. Jan Wilson attended the state training for Judicial Volunteers Program. She presented at the Association of Education of Teachers in Costa Mesa, CA and presented at the Georgia Council International Reading Association.

    Dr. Marsha Zeneanko presented at the NCTE/NCATE program reviewers training session.

    Dr. Dennis Zuelke attended the Pre-SACS Review team visit/meeting and presented a paper on Leadership for 21st Century in Orlando, FL.

    Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

    Mrs. Karen Nemeth and Mrs. Linda Chandler attended the Alabama Association of Family and Consumer Sciences meeting in Birmingham on March 1 & 2. A number of students attended also.

    Mrs. Karen Nemeth will serve as President Elect of Alabama Association of FCS for the year 2001 - 2002. She will serve as President in 2002 - 2003.

    The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will host a Senior Reception for FCS graduating seniors on April 5, at 2:30 in the afternoon in the living room of East Mason Hall.

    Candidates for FCS Dietetic and Foodservice concentrations have been interviewed.

    Mrs. Debra Goodwin will be back on campus for the Summer II Semester.

    Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

    Health, Physical Education and Recreation presented awards to Outstanding Alumni.

    The department is working with Alabama Camping Association on internship program.

    Camp Life is getting started and Claire Mowling will be the director.

    Dr. Glenn Roswal served at the Special Olympics in South Carolina.

    Instructional Services

    The Learning Resource Center (LRC) continued to be open 37 1/2 hours per week. During the period of the report, more than 323 patrons were served.

    This is the 18th year the Teaching Learning Center (T/LC) has served this community as a free tutorial center. Since the 1981-82 initial school year 88,801 hours of tutoring involving 9,252 JSU preservice teachers and 5,084 community K-12 students have been coordinated through the T/LC. The T/LC has 111 JSU tutors during the Spring 2001 semester. Seventeen tutors are working outside the T/LC at various schools. Fifty-one children from the community are tutored on campus.

    The Multimedia Instructional Laboratories (MIL) purchased needed upgrades and hardware. HyperStudio 3.3, a card based computer software program, was upgraded to version 5.0. Room 104 computers are now connected to the network and are heavily utilized during tutoring. The A+LS software grant has been extended for another year, this software is valued at $60,000. This semester more courses are being taught in the MIL than in previous years.

    The Smart Classroom (308 RWB) had over 2000 hours on the projector bulb and it had to be replaced. This is a good problem for it means that professors and students are using the LCD for instructional purposes.

    Mike Zenanko edited the "Passport to Success," the College of Education and Professional Studies Annual Report that was mailed out in January. From the Report he created an advertisement for Alabama Sports January and February issues and a recruiting poster, in print. Proration has adversely affected the Unit in that additional MIL upgrades, besides those previously reported, have not been made.

    Teacher Service Center

    Teacher Service Center held Career Fair on February 1st. Sixty-six different school systems were represented.

    Dr. Ryan went to Alexander City recruiting at community college.

    Teacher Service Center is placing student teachers for Fall 2001.

    Beverly Riggins, Coordinator for Clinical Experiences, accepted a position in Atlanta, GA. Her last day was April 2, 2001.

    Department of Technology

    The department has contracted training for Mid South Electronics.

    A new computer lab has been acquired.

    Technology Fair on March 9th was a great success with 359 people attending (not including JSU judges).

    Dr. Bekhouche gave presentation at the Southeastern Symposium on Systems Theory.


    Dr. Sarah Latham and Ms. Pat White have been selected as presenters for the Alabama State Nurses Association annual clinical education conference, FACES '01. Dr. Latham will present a paper on "Blood Gases for Dummies!" and Ms. White will present a paper on "Epidural Analgesia: The Basics and Beyond".

    The Jacksonville Association of Nursing Students (JANS) has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Central Alabama to provide health fairs for two of the clubs in Anniston. Approximately 150 individuals have participated in blood pressure, vision, hearing and glucose screening. Our senior students also assisted the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department with urine drug screening in conjunction with the LINK Program sponsored by the Sheriff's Department.

    Dr. Martha G. Lavender presented the keynote address at the AWHONN 2001 Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. entitled, "Envisioning AWHONN's Future: Challenges and Opportunities."

    The College has expanded its community education program to target children in elementary and junior-high school. Programs to deter young people from smoking and drinking have been developed and presented by Ms. Christie Shelton, Clinical Associate - Nursing Arts Lab. In addition, local businesses have been offered educational programs to increase awareness of breast cancer. To date, eight programs have been presented with approximately 275 individual contacts.

    The CNHS has ranked among the top baccalaureate programs in Alabama for first-time NCLEX pass rates for the period - January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000. The JSU pass rate was 92.8% (3rd among all baccalaureate programs and 2nd among public institutions awarding the BSN degree). The Alabama pass rate (for all nursing programs) was 81.9% and the national pass rate was 83.8%.

    The CNHS partnered with United Way to complete a competitive grant proposal to address teen pregnancy in Calhoun County. If funded, a faculty member from the College will serve as the project evaluator.

    The Calhoun County Community Foundation has awarded CNHS with two scholarships for $2500 each. After careful consideration, the faculty decided to name the scholarships after former students who exemplified the personal and professional qualities CNHS seeks to instill in our graduates. The Eydie G. Kirby Scholarship will be awarded to generic BSN students and the Jerry Medforth Scholarship will be awarded to STEP students.


    Work began on the exterior renovation of the library. So far work has been limited to the 11th floor and penthouse/deck area. Patron access to the building has been disrupted by revised entrance and exit routing.

    The room divider installation on the 11th floor has been completed, although a few adjustments to the overhead track and panel seating remain.

    Elizabeth Milewicz was hired as Education Librarian, effective June 1.

    William Hubbard served on a SACS reaffirmation committee at Mount Olive College, North Carolina.

    John Graham conducted the annual General Satisfaction Survey March 12-19. He is compiling the 375 responses to 736 questionnaires distributed.


    Faculty/Staff Accomplishments:

    Dr. Franklin L. King and others presented "Instruction Through the Use of Videoconferencing Technology: Trends, Issues, and Pedagogical Improvements" at the Alabama Distance Learning Symposium in Montgomery, Alabama.

    The Department of Distance Education has shown substantial change. The web site has expanded to include distance learning evaluation instruments and additional helpful links. The department has added new web pages, links and online forms that provide more information and better procedures for faculty wanting to obtain a Blackboard account and course shell.

    Twenty-one online courses are being offered during the spring semester. Four of these courses are accessible through the APCO program while seven courses are offered through Blackboard. A total of 51 courses and course supplements have been or are currently being developed in Blackboard. Eight graduate and undergraduate compressed video courses are being offered during the spring semester to eleven different sites in Alabama and Georgia with future site expansion planned for the summer terms.

    Four introductory and two advanced Blackboard workshops were presented during the reporting period. Since August 2000, ten Blackboard workshops have been conducted with 67 persons in attendance. Online evaluations of the workshops have shown very favorable faculty responses.

    There are currently a total of 28 different courses posted on the Southern Regional Electronic Campus (SREC) including classes in Business Administration, Computer Science, Educational Administration, Economics, Emergency Management, Educational Psychology, Marketing, Nursing, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, and Social Work. These classes represent both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Each Blackboard workshop participant is offered an opportunity to place his or her course in this expansive program that currently reaches students in more than sixteen states.

    Summary information is provided below that is related to the Distance Education program.

    FALL 2000
    SPRING 2001
    College by Cassette
    Total Number of Classes
    Total Number Enrolled
    Total Number of Classes
    Total Number Enrolled
    Online Courses
    Total Number of Classes
    Total Number Enrolled
    Step Program
    Total Number of Classes
    Total Number Enrolled
    Total Enrollment
    *Based on January 17, 2001, enrollment data.

    WJXS TV24

    WJXS TV24 has broadcast five live JSU sporting events, four football games and one ladies' volleyball game since the beginning of the Fall 2000 semester. The estimated production cost of the live broadcasts was $17,000 each. TV24 produced and aired numerous times a 30-second spot for JSU athletic ticket sales. A JSU football highlight package for each JSU football game was edited for use by the Athletic Department. WJXS produced and aired a lecture series featuring Dr. Glenn Browder. This consisted of eight one-hour programs with an estimated production cost of $1000 each. TV24 also carried JSU's Fall 2000 graduation exercises live and then repeated them on tape six times. The JSU Chamber Winds Christmas Concert was recorded by WJXS and broadcast during the holidays approximately 30 times. JSU Telecourses are broadcast Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If JSU were paying for this airtime, it would cost $200 per hour or $2,000 per week. In addition, WJXS inserts numerous JSU promotional spots during programs such as "Gem of the Hills", and "Gospel Music Southern Style".



    JSU hosted Spring Preview Days on February 10 and March 17, 2001. High school juniors, seniors, and transfer students were invited to visit JSU and speak to representatives from all departments on campus. Campus tours, financial aid and housing sessions were held, as well as special sessions for parents and family members. Students who had been accepted were given the opportunity to register for classes for summer and fall terms. The number of students registering for fall classes at the March Preview Day was the greatest number ever.

    Career and Placement Services

    Janet White, formerly of Disability Support Services, is now coordinating the efforts in Career Placement Services as Acting Coordinator. Janet brings with her 25 years experience in education and a passion for student success.

    Part-time Employment and Career Placement Services joined efforts for a Spring Career Fair. Stephenson Hall was a busy place on March 15th as more than 400 JSU students browsed among 64 different businesses, agencies and camps.

    Counseling and Career Services

    The Appalachian School, a weeklong school for professionals from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee is scheduled for July 9-13, 2001. Over 350 professionals from state agencies, law enforcement, health care, and education are expected on campus.

    Also, the newly formed Peer Educators group at JSU has begun work. The group held a "Safe Spring Break" format to reach out to warn students concerning the dangers of drinking and driving. A driving course utilizing a golf cart with participants wearing impaired vision goggles was set up to simulate driving under the influence.

    Disability Support Services

    Cindy and Mark Camp will present at the national conference for counselors of the Deaf, ADARA, in Monterey, CA in May.

    Cindy Camp will be the Facilitator in Louisiana for a "Falling Through the Cracks" workshop, which will involve all the major stakeholders in relationship to Deafness.

    DSS, through its contract with the Post-secondary Education Consortium--a federal project for post-secondary deafness, has hosted two statewide meetings with stakeholders in the area of education and employment for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or late Deafened. By group acclamation, these meetings have been expanded to be twice yearly during October and January.

    DSS is hosting its second training in C-Print at the end of April. C-Print is a method of providing communication access in the classroom developed at the Rochester Institute of Technology. JSU is the only facility that currently has the staff skilled in this new cutting edge use of technology for service provision to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Financial Aid

    Annual Scholarships
    2001-2002 2000-2001
    Scholarship Applications Received:
    Faculty Scholarships Offered*
    Academic Scholarships Offered
    Achievement Scholarships Offered
    *Average ACT Score - 29

    The Financial Aid Office conducted financial aid sessions during the two Spring Preview Days. Evaluations from participants were very positive.

    Multicultural Services

    Black History Month at JSU

    Black History Month at JSU was very entertaining and educational. The highlight of the month was the Soul Food Dinner Theater featuring the play1001 Black Inventions by PinPoints Theater of Washington, DC. Students and guests of the University enjoyed a delicious meal and learned about contributions African-Americans made to the history of this country. Other activities for the month included the popular comedian, "Rickey Smiley" the host of BET's Comic View, a gospel concert, the fifth annual Black Alumni Chapter Annual Meeting and Banquet/Dance, an African-American Heritage Month Scholarship Pageant, and an African-American Heritage Month Free Party for students in Cole Auditorium. Attendance this year was the best ever. The month concluded with comedian, Rickey Smiley, with over 900 students and guests in attendance at Cole Auditorium.

    Appreciation and Fun Day on the Quad

    The Office of Multicultural Services, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the African-American Association sponsored a Student Appreciation and Fun Day on the Quad April 12, 2001, to celebrate the end of the semester.

    The 49th Annual Southeast Region NAACP Leadership Development and Training Institute

    Twenty-four JSU students attended the Southeast Region NAACP Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from April 6-8, 2001. The theme of this year's leadership development and training institute was "Meeting the Challenge for the New Century". Students had the opportunity to attend numerous workshops and listened to dynamic speakers throughout the conference, including the President and CEO of NAACP, Mr. Kweisi Mfume (former U.S. Congressman from Maryland) and former Vice President Al Gore.

    Recreational Sports

    JSU sponsored the Northeast Regional High School Basketball Tournament for the eighth year. Over 25,000 people attended the weeklong event. The JSU Alumni Association sponsored a halftime event awarding a scholarship to the students who successfully make the basket from half-court. Seniors from the participating high schools registered for an opportunity to participate. One student from each school was selected to attempt a half-court shot during halftime of their team's game. Scholarships were awarded to three individuals--Matt Ellis of Cleveland High School, Justin Cooper of North Jackson High School, and Daniel Robinson of DAR--who successfully hit the half-court shot.

    Elizabeth Webb was selected by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association to receive the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award. Awards were presented to 20 individuals from across the country that participate in intramural and recreational sports programming and display leadership and academic ability. Steve Rey, chairman of the selection committee, reported that Elizabeth's resume was by far the best of all that were nominated. The individuals were recognized during the National Conference in Reno on March 26, 2001.

    Student Activities

    The following organizations received awards at the Greek Leadership Reception in February. The results from the new Five Star Program that was implemented in 2000 are as follows:

    • President's Gold Cup -- Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
    • President's Silver Cup -- Phi Mu Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
    • President's Bronze Cup -- Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    • Advisor/Alumni Award -- Kim Dalesandro, Delta Zeta
    • Faculty Advisor's Award -- Pat Borstoff, Kappa Alpha Order
    • Greek Woman of the Year -- Rebekah Adams, Alpha Omicron Pi
    • Greek Man of the Year -- Eddie Crosson, Kappa Alpha Psi

    Stephen Holmes, Kappa Alpha and IFC Vice President/Recruitment, was elected (at the 2001 Conference) to serve as the 2002 Area III (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana) Vice President of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference. The annual Leadership Academy is held in Atlanta, Georgia. Membership includes universities from the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

    The Interfraternity Council was also recognized for outstanding programming in judicial affairs.

    The Panhellenic Council was awarded the following awards at the annual Southeastern Panhellenic Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 29 - April 1, 2001:

    • National Panhellenic Editor's Conference - Excellence in Newsletters
    • SEPC - Excellence in Leadership, Panhellenic Operationsand Risk Management

    The following students have been elected or appointed SGA Executive Officers for 2001-2002:

    • President - Miranda Killingsworth
    • First Vice President - Stephanie Janis
    • Second Vice President - Joy Boyd
    • Controller - Mary Beth Edwards
    • Director of Publicity - Robert Hayes

    Student-Affiliated Events

    • Up 'til Dawn raised approximately $20,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital. This was a very successful 24-hour event with JSU students and staff participating.
    • SGA sponsored a successful concert for JSU students in March 2001.
    • SGA sponsored a Blood Drive in March with faculty, staff, and students donating over 150 pints of blood.
    • Fifty (50) students attended the Alabama Greek Leadership Conference held at UAB in February.
    • JSU sent 25 students to the YMCA Collegiate Legislature Conference held in Montgomery in February.


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